Executions · Graves · Nevada

Man executed for murdering girl he arranged to be married to when she chose another suitor

May 21, 1926
Carson City, Nevada
Stanko Jukich is executed for the murder of his 16-year-old sweetheart Jennie Medak

Jukich, 28 at the time of the murder, was a Yugoslavian miner living in a boarding house run by Medak’s mother. Medak’s parents arranged a marriage between Medak and Jukich 3 years before the murder, and Jukich claimed he paid a portion of each paycheck to his future bride’s family. When Medak refused the marriage proposal, accepting one from a man in another state instead, Jukich consumed “half a gallon” of strong liquor and shot his betrothed in her home on February 14, 1925. He attempted an appeal for leniency but was denied, dying in the gas chamber a little over a year after the murder.

Photo credit: Andrew Cassino

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